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Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, performed by Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe Hall.

As always, the setting was divine: a picnic with friends on the lovely lawns outside Tolethorpe Hall before the show began.

Once inside the auditorium though, things became surreal as the strange story progressed. Well, not so much a story as a series of nonsensical fantasies that have entertained children for years.

What astonished me though, was how clearly many of the scenes were remembered from childhood – a favourite book perhaps, or could it be that the tale is a little strange even for a child?

The youngsters in the show obviously felt none of this as they gave confident and poised performances.

Alice (played by Victoria Fallow-Norton) led us competently through the two tales, but for me it was characters such as White Rabbit and the camp Tweedledum and Tweedledee who stole the show – along with the fantastic Jabberwock creature.

The audience was made up primarily of adults, some of the women wearing rabbit ears. I did feel a bit like Alice when she said, ‘I knew who I was when I got up this morning’.

Jean Hodge